“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.” – Dale Carnegie
If you are keeping track of things, I’m skipping back chronologically to cover my time in Jordan. I had been in Turkey for a couple of weeks when I decided I needed a warmer place for a few days.
I have been fascinated with Petra ever since I first saw “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade”. So I was totally excited when I was able to book a last minute ticket from Istanbul.
Several years ago I began a complete addiction to the show “The Amazing Race”. I have always marveled at how some of the teams would struggle so much with getting around in these countries. There have been some struggles in the past with getting around, but I’ve never felt completely screwed before.
Jordan was the first time that I’ve not only been able to find my way around, but I couldn’t even communicate with the people. I finally decided to shift my approach and just imagine that I was on The Amazing Race. The new view on things really helped me relax and not stress out over the situation.
After an hour of wandering around, I finally found a local guy who spoke enough English to help me get to the bus station. I booked a seat on a small bus to Petra. I was given the “special American seat” in the front. Apparently that meant the seat next to the engine without a headrest. After the first hour or so, my head was bobbing up and down every time we hit a bump as I tried to not pass out.
Finally, I arrived in Petra and made it to my hotel. I changed clothes and made my way to the park. I walked down and was blown away at the walk. And then comes the amazing turn when you can finally see the treasury. I spent the afternoon walking around and was completely blown away.
I headed back to the hotel for a nice shower and then went out for the evening. Before I left, I made the conscious decision to leave my iphone in the room. When I got to the restaurant, I saw a guy sitting in the back by himself. I asked if I could join him and he agreed. I had barely sat down when two other guys from the US asked if they could join us. During the meal, I got to know the man and his father who were touring Asia and the Middle East and Martin, a German archaeologist. All in all, it was a pretty amazing day.